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The Fire Every Time: Reframing Black Power Across the Twentieth Century and Beyond

A Public History Conference,  Symposium and Community Gathering hosted by the College of Charleston’s Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture and African American Studies

 

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2012

4:00     Community Movie Screening: “The Spook Who Sat By The Door”
Introduction by author Sam Greenlee
Movie screening is FREE and open to the public.
Location: Avery Research Center, McKinley Washington Auditorium (3rd Floor)

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm    Community Pre-Conference Party
Dance to music of the ’60s and ’70’s
Admission: $20.00 includes raffle drawings, refreshments and lots of fun!
Featuring poetry by
Horace Mungin, local author and writer
Location: Avery Research Center, McKinley Washington Auditorium (3rd Floor)

 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2012

8:00am–9:00am              Registration and Continental Breakfast
Avery Research Center – McKinley Washington Auditorium (3rd floor)

9:00am–9:15am              Introduction and Opening Remarks
Avery Research Center – McKinley Washington Auditorium (3rd floor)

 

Patricia Williams Lessane, Executive Director, Avery Research Center, College of Charleston
Robert T. Chase, Public Historian, Avery Research Center, College of Charleston
George Hynd, Provost, College of Charleston

 

9:30am–11:00am            Morning Sessions

PANEL I
Black Power in Higher Education”
Location: Avery Research Center – McKinley Washington Auditorium (3rd floor)

Ibram Rogers, University of Albany, State University of New York
“The Black Campus Movement: Black Students and the Racial Reconstitution of Higher Education, 1965–1972”
Presentation version of chapter: Click Here

Perzavia Praylow, Augusta State University
“Socializing Respectable Men and Women for the Race: Black Power, Self-Determination, and Student Affairs at Fisk, 1924–1967”

Martha Biondi, Northwestern University
“The Black Revolution on Campus”

Chair: Stefan M. Bradley, Saint Louis University
Comment: Jon N. Hale, College of Charleston


PANEL II
Black Power in the United States Military—at Home and Abroad
Location: Avery Research Center, SMART Classroom (Ground Floor)

Martin Smith, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
“The Bloods of ’Nam: Masculinities of Dissent and the Black Power Movement in the American/Vietnam War”

Amanda L. Higgins, University of Kentucky
“Soul Brothers: The Black Power GI and Military Service during the Vietnam War”

James Tyrus (Ty) Seidule, United States Military Academy at West Point
“Black Power Cadets: Reaction to Nixon’s 1971 Confederate Monument at West Point”

Chair: Marcus Cox, Citadel University
Comment: George Hopkins, College of Charleston

 

11:00am–11:15am                   Break

 

11:15am–1:00pm            Mid-Mornings Panels

PANEL I
Black Arts and Cultural Institutions
Avery Research Center, McKinley Washington Auditorium (3rd Floor)

 

Karen Chandler, College of Charleston
“The Jazz Revolution Will Not Be Televised: From South Carolina To The World’s Bandstand”

Nicholas Gaffney, Northern Virginia Community College
“The Neighborhood Arts Center, Cultural Pride, and Community Self-Awareness, Black Power and Black Arts in Atlanta, 1975–1985”

Joshua Clark Davis, Duke University
“Liberation through Literacy: Black Bookstores as the Forgotten Community Spaces of the Black Power Movement”

Co-Chairs and Comments:
John E. Fleming, International African American Museum
Patricia Williams Lessane, Executive Director, Avery Research Center, College of Charleston
Comment: Wilmot Fraser, Author and Activist

PANEL II
From Civil Rights to Black Power: Education and Grassroots Activism
Location: Stern Student Center Ballroom (4th Floor)

 

Russell Rickford, Dartmouth College
“The Rise of Uhuru Sasa Shule and the Political Significance of ‘Black Independent Institutions’, 1968–1972”

Jon N. Hale, College of Charleston
“Quality Education by Local Demand: Contesting Moderate Educational Reform through the Mississippi Freedom Schools, 1954–1965”

Jason Morgan Ward, Mississippi State University
“Power, Poverty, and Peace: Mississippi’s Grassroots Militants and the Summer of ’66”

Richard D. Benson II, Spelman College
“A ‘Second Wave’ of Black Power Organizations: The Student Organization for Black Unity, Malcolm X Liberation University and the Pan-African Skills Project, 1969–1974”

 Chair and Comment: James Campbell, Community Leader and Organizer

 

PANEL III
Black Nationalism Across the Twentieth Century: The UNIA, the Black Panthers, and the Nation of Islam
Avery Research Center, SMART Classroom (Ground Floor)

 

Brittany Carter, New York University
“The Los Angeles UNIA and the Problematics of Nationalism”

Mary Potorti, Boston University
“‘Serving the People, Body, and Soul’: The Black Panthers and the Politics of Food”

Jo-Ann Morgan, Western Illinois University
“Using Ephemeral Visual Culture to Galvanize Black Power”

Katie Hladky, College of Charleston
Attracting Our Minds to Islam: Theological Change in the Nation of Islam (1975-present)

Chair and Comment: Hasan Jeffries, The Ohio State University

 

1:00pm–2:15pm              Lunch

 

2:15pm–4:00pm              Afternoon Sessions

PANEL I
Black Power, Mass Incarceration, and Confronting the “New Jim Crow”
Location: Stern Student Center Ballroom (4th Floor)

 

Robert T. Chase, College of Charleston
Black Power Behind Prison Bars: How ‘Slaves of the State’ Confronted the New Jim Crow

Donna Murch,Rutgers University
Crack, Youth Culture, and the Carceral State: Rethinking the Reagan Revolution’s Impact on Black Urbanism in the Late 20th Century”

Yohuru Williams, Fairfield University
“Between a Rock and Hard Place: Racial Politics and the Failure of Community Based Incarceration in Delaware, 1965—1990”

Robert Saleem Holbrook,  State Correctional Institution, Coal Township, PA.,  and Kristi Brian, College of Charleston
“Sustaining Black Power in an Era of Mass Incarceration”

Chair and Comment: Yohuru Williams, Fairfield University

 

PANEL II
Reframing Policy Perspectives on Black Power
Location: Stern Student Center, Room 201

 

Robert S. Smith, University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee
“Working While Black: Black Power and the Civil Rights Act”

Zachery R. Williams, University of Akron
“Where Angels Fear to Tread: Black Womanist Theology, Black Power, and the Contemporary Black Church”

Seneca Vaught, Kennesaw State University
“From Protest to Policy: Louis E. Martin and the Politics of Black Power”

Chair and Comment: Hollis France, College of Charleston

 

FILM SHOWING
Revolution ’67
INTRODUCTION by: Marylou Tibaldo-Bongiorno and Jerome P. Bongiorno, directors

Location: Avery Research Center, McKinley Washington Auditorium (3rd floor)

 

 

4:00pm–4:15pm              Break

 

4:15pm–5:45pm              Mid-Afternoon Sessions

ROUNDTABLE
The Longue Durée: Black Power from the Nineteenth Century to the 1990s
Location: Stern Student Center Ballroom (4th Floor)

 

Van Gosse, Franklin Marshall College
“‘We Are Americans’: The Ideology of Black Republicanism before the Civil War”

Deborah Gray White, Rutgers University
“‘Can’t We All Just Get Along?’: The Cultural Awakenings of the 1990s”

Chair: Bernard Powers, College of Charleston

 

PANEL I
Violence and Vindication: Reframing Riots/Rebellions, Self Defense, and Religion
Location: Stern Student Center, Room 201

 

Laura Warren Hill, Bloomfield College
“FIGHTing for the Soul of Black Capitalism: Struggle for Economic Development in Post-Rebellion Rochester”

Euniqha D. Lott, Bloomfield College
“Black Power and the Growth of Youth Gangs: The Story of the 1970 Asbury Park Riot”

Michael Beeson, Bloomfield College
“Black Theology and the Religious Morality of the Black Power Movement”

Kay Wright Lewis, Rutgers University
“‘In Some Wild Paroxysm of Rage’: Racial Extermination and Mass Violence in the Struggle for Black Power”

Chair and Comment: Michael O. West, Binghamton University


FILM SHOWING
Scarred Justice: The Orangeburg Massacre of 1968
INTRODUCTION by: Judy Richardson, Former SNCC activist, director
Avery Research Center, McKinley Washington Auditorium (3rd floor)

 

5:45pm–6:30pm             RECEPTION

Avery Research Center Award Presentation to Dr. Cleveland Sellers and Dr. Myrtle Glascoe
Location: Avery Research Center, McKinley Washington Auditorium (3rd Floor)

 

6:30pm–8:00pm

Plenary Session: Activists Then and Now
Location: Avery Research Center, McKinley Washington Auditorium (3rd Floor)

 

Cleveland Sellers, Voorhees College and Scholar Activist

Herman Blake, Medical University of South Carolina and Scholar Activist

Millicent Brown, Claflin University and Scholar Activist

James Campbell, Community Leader and Organizer

Osei Chandler, Community Leader

Chair: Patricia Williams Lessane, College of Charleston

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2012

 

8:00am–9:00am  Continental Breakfast and Registration
Location: Education Center Lobby

8:45   Remarks: James Williams, Associate Dean, Addlestone Library
Location: Education Center, Septima Clark Room 118

9:00am–10:45am  Morning Sessions

PANEL I
Black Nationalism and Pan-Africanism in the Caribbean
Location: Education Center, Septima Clark Room 118

 

Julia Erin Wood, Texas A&M University
“Black Power in Red Cuba: Stokely Carmichael, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, and the Primera Conferencia de la Oraganización Latinoamericana de Solidaridad”
Please note: The above paper is password-protected for use by conference attendees only. If you would like access, please contact a conference representative.

Quito Swan, Howard University
“It Ain’t Hard to Tell: The Caribbean World, Pan-Africanism, and the Global Scope of Black Power”

Michael O. West, Binghamton University
“Black Power and State Power: The Case of Trinidad and Tobago”

Chair: Hilary Beckles, President, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill
Comment: Anthony Greene, College of Charleston

 

PANEL II
Criminalizing Race: Police Power and Black Power
Location: Avery Research Center, McKinley Washington Auditorium (3rd Floor)

 

Douglas J. Flowe, University of Rochester
“‘Dem niggas wuzn’ skeered of nothin’’: Saloons, Dives, and the Male-Centered Criminal Economy in Manhattan’s ‘Negro Bohemia’, 1890–1910”

Simon E. Balto, University of Wisconsin–Madison
“Their Very Presence Is an Insult: Rejecting the Police and Defending the Community in a Pre-Black Power Era”

Peter C. Pihos, Harvard Law School
“‘Black Power’ and Black Police in 1970s Chicago”

Marvin Dulaney, University of Texas at Arlington
“Black Power and Police Administration in Two Cities: Cleveland and Atlanta”

Chair and Comment: Robert T. Chase, College of Charleston

 

10:45am–11:00am                   Break

11:00am–12:30pm                   Mid-Morning Sessions

ROUNDTABLE
Reframing the Orangeburg Massacre: Protest and Police Reprisals
Location: Stern Student Center Ballroom (4th Floor)

 

Judy Richardson, Director and Former SNCC Activist

Cleveland Sellers, Voorhees College and Scholar Activist

Jack Shuler, Denison University

Jack Bass, College of Charleston

Chair: Marvin Dulaney, University of Texas, Arlington

 

PANEL I
Black Power in Transnational Perspective: Latin America & Africa
Location: Education Center, Septima Clark Room 118

 

Mickie Mwanzia Koster, University of Texas at Tyler
“Black Power the Mau Mau Oath in Kenya, 1952–1960”

Cheryl Sterling, New York University
“Bleque Pau, Black Bailes and the Perfor(n)ormative in Afro-Brazilian Cultural Space”

Reighan A. Gillam, Cornell University
“Black Power in Brazilian Perspective”

Chair and Comment: Assan Sarr, College of Charleston

 

12:30pm–2:00pm

Working Lunch: Roundtable Film Excerpt Screenings
Black Power on Film: Documentaries, Hollywood, and Filmmaking
Location: Stern Student Center Ballroom (4th Floor)

 

Portia Cobb, University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee

Sam Greenlee, Author
The Spook Who Sat By the Door

Marylou Tibaldo-Bongiorno, Director
Revolution ’67

Judy Richardson, Former SNCC Activist and Film Director
Scarred Justice: The Orangeburg Massacre 1968

Chair: Patricia Williams Lessane, College of Charleston

 

2:00pm–3:45pm

Plenary: State of the Field
Location: Avery Research Center – McKinley Washington Auditorium (3rd floor)

 

Yohuru Williams, Fairfield University

Hasan Jeffries, The Ohio State University

Donna Murch, Rutgers University

Chair: Cleveland Sellers, Voorhees College
Robert Chase, College of Charleston

3:45pm–4:00pm              Break

4:00pm–5:45pm              Afternoon Sessions

PANEL I
Rainbow Coalitions and Interethnic Alliances: Black Power, Brown Power
Location: Stern Student Center Ballroom (4th Floor)

 

Gordon K. Mantler, Duke University
“Black and Brown Power in the Fight Against Poverty”

Lauren Araiza, Denison University
“The Panther and the Eagle: Black Power, the United Farm Workers, and the Possibilities of Coalition”

Jackobi Williams, University of Kentucky
“‘Neighborhoods First’: The Illinois Black Panther Party and the Original Rainbow Coalition”

Enrico Beltramini, Notre Dame de Namur University
“Reframing Black Power, Reframing Jesse Jackson: Black Economic Power in Chicago, 1966–1972”

Chair and Comment: Jakobi Williams, University of Kentucky

 

PANEL II
Memories of Power: Remembering the Black Power Movement and Thinking About Its Future
Location: Stern Student Center, Room 206

 

Jennifer Bratyanski, Queens University of Charlotte
“‘Very Fertile Ground’: US Anti-Apartheid Activism and Civil Rights Memory”

Daniel McNeil, DePaul University
“‘Debased and Deskilled’: Baldwin’s Children and the Black Public Sphere”

Vershawn Ashanti Young, University of Kentucky
“The Obamas, Gender, and the New Black Power”

Chair and Comment:  Conseula Francis, College of Charleston

 

PANEL III
Pan-African and Transnational Perspectives on Black Power in Sports
Location: Education Center, Septima Clark Room 118

 

Hilary Beckles, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill
“Black Power and Cricket in Barbados”

Dexter L. Blackman, Loyola Marymount University
“32 Black African Nations Have Voted to Boycott the ’68 Olympics: African Americans, Pan-Africanism, and the Anti-Apartheid Movement to Expel South Africa from the 1968 Olympics”

Michael Ezra, Sonoma State University
“Muhammad Ali’s Main Bout, Inc.: Black Economic Power and the Heavyweight Championship of the World”

Chair and Comment: Chris Lamb, College of Charleston

 

FILM SHOWING
Black Power Mixtape 1967–1975

Portia Cobb, University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee
“Introduction”
Location: Avery Research Center, McKinley Washington Auditorium (3rd Floor)

 

5:45pm        Conference Concludes

 

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